The road racing portion of Chris Dyson’s crowded 2019 racing schedule kicks off this weekend in the season-opening Trans Am Presented by Pirelli event at Sebring International Raceway.
A strong two-day test with his CD Racing-prepared Plaid-sponsored Mustang at Miami-Homestead Speedway back in January gave Dyson optimism for a strong season in North America’s oldest sedan racing series.
Dyson finished second at Sebring last year and won at Road Atlanta, eventually finishing third in the Trans Am standings and claiming Rookie of the Year honors. This year, he is looking to leverage that experience into a serious championship run.
“It was great to win last year at Road Atlanta, the home track for our friends at Plaid,” said the New York resident. “But the rest of the [Trans Am] season was uneven. Still, we learned a lot even from our bad races. And with the excellent test we had a few weeks ago at Homestead, it’s clear we’ve made strong progress over the winter in terms both of performance and reliability.
“The car, the team and I are all more than ready for the Trans Am season to start.”
Dyson and his CD Racing team will also be busy on oval tracks this summer, planning several USAC East Coast Sprint Car series and select USAC National Sprint Car events in addition to their primary thrust, the USAC Silver Crown series.
In years past, Dyson ran only the dirt tracks in the dual dirt and pavement series, but this year he will also compete in the paved-track events.
“I will do every Silver Crown race that doesn’t conflict with my Trans Am schedule, and when there are conflicts we will put another driver in the car so we can score championship points,” Dyson explained.